KODIAK — The Baranov Museum is launching a new exhibit this weekend that explains Kodiak’s whaling history.

“Whaling the Kodiak Grounds” features a combination of unique whaling objects and pictures that have never been publicly exhibited.

The exhibit takes viewers through the whaling industry, the evolution of technology and the products that resulted from hunting whales.

Anjuli Grantham, curator of collections, spent six months researching and designing the exhibit. She worked with museum staff and numerous scholars around the globe to dig up information on the subject.

“Kodiak has a really interesting whaling history that is underexplored,” Grantham said. “A historian told us it is one of the main lapses in Alaskan history.”

The new exhibit features a whaling lance, a ceremonial bowl leaking seal oil and harpoons from the 1800s. Viewers can also look at the logbook from the Port Hobron whaling station and read entries of daily catches from 1927 to 1932.

While touring the exhibit, visitors will receive a take-home brochure that outlines whaling history, courtesy of Ocean Beauty Seafoods, a sponsor of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be temporary, although museum staff have not determined when it will be taken down.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to come down and learn about an aspect of Kodiak history,” Grantham said. “I hope this will inspire people to come forward with more history on the topic.”

Visitors can view the exhibit for free on March 16 and 17, and for regular admission price afterward. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiakdailymirror.com

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